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Old 01-18-2011, 02:09 AM   #1
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I made a starter almost two weeks ago from some washed S-05. I got busy, then got sick as a dog and it has been in the fridge cold crashed for about 2 weeks. I have used one once before that was over a weel old in the fridge but how long is too long to wait?


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Old 01-18-2011, 02:15 AM   #2
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I've done 12 days once when i had to go out of town for work unexpectedly. Went fine, was some washed pacman.

You could always step it up if you have any doubts.


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Old 01-18-2011, 02:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, it shouldn't really matter how long, as long as you followed good sanitation so it doesn't get infected.

A lot preach about pitching at "high krasuen" but remember the #1 goal of a starter is to "up" your yeast cell count...
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The question is, how viable? A good rule of thumb for yeast stored under beer in the fridge is a loss of 25%/month. So after two weeks it would be about 87% viable.
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